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In today’s news, Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy, Martha Argerich becomes the 101st recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, and BBC Proms Australia 2016 is announced. Also, Wigglesworth declares that the ‘ENO must stay at the Coliseum’

Classical Music Magazine

Inaugural BBC Proms Australia announced

The BBC Proms will be exported outside the UK for the first time in 2016

The Telegraph

Mark Wigglesworth: ‘ENO must stay at the Coliseum’

Mark Wigglesworth’s five-year term as Music Director of English National Opera got off to a splendid start in September with a new production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The Guardian

Wynton Marsalis: trumpeting controversial ideas of classicism

The talented jazz trumpeter-composer champions what many see as a regressive kind of conservatism. His new violin concerto is premiered tonight by Nicola Benedetti at the Barbican; are his forays into classical music further betraying the jazz cause?

BBC Music Magazine

Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy

A new report from UK Music reveals the growing strength of the music industry


Martha Argerich awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal

Argerich becomes the 101st recipient of the award

BBC Music Magazine

Barenboim on Beethoven

Daniel Barenboim on his relationship with Beethoven’s music

Die Welt

Soll ein Künstler eine politische Meinung haben?

Gustavo Dudamel möchte sich nicht politisch äußern, dirigiert aber auf staatlichen Veranstaltungen in Venezuela, die ein korruptes Regime stützen. Jetzt dirigiert er Mozarts “Figaro” in Berlin


‘Musikzentrum’ in Bochum im Zeitplan

Das ‘Musikzentrum’ am Marienplatz in Bochum ist am Werden. Um die Marienkirche, gebaut Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, entsteht ein Neubau mit kleinem und großem Konzertsaal, die neue Heimat der Bochumer Symphoniker



Das Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) öffnet seine Pforten für die nächste Generation junger Musikstudenten: Rund 500 junge Musiker aus der gesamten Ostseeregion haben sich für die Ausbildungsprogramme und Touren des multinationalen Orchesters im Jahr 2016 beworben

El Pais

Adolphe Sax, padre del saxofón

Creador y obra protagonizan el último doodle, por el aniversario del nacimiento del creador y inventor, Adolphe Sax

El Mundo

La JORCAM acerca la música a todos los públicos con un ciclo de 29 conciertos

Los Teatro de Canal y la Joven Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM) han presentado la nueva temporada de Ciclo Ibercaja de música


PRS FoundationOur Director blogs on the & the changing dynamics of the industry

AURORA:I sung Half The World Away for the Xmas ad this year!!! 

BBC Music Magazine : Remember remember the 5th of November. Here are 6 of the best pieces inspired by fire…


Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy/BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 6, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s News, Classical Music Magazine announces British Composer Awards shortlist, The Guardian reports on English National Opera’s commitment to its core values & Classic FM announces big increase in number of listeners

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 British Composer Awards has been announced. It comprises 33 composers across 12 categories, including choral, sonic art, liturgical, and community or educational project, with 40% of those shortlisted being first-time nominees

The Guardian

We’ve turned the page, insists English National Opera

After a difficult year, the opera company affirms its commitment to its core values and central London base

Classic FM

Big audience increase for Classic FM

The world’s biggest classical music radio station has posted a significant increase in audience. 5.5 million people now listen to Classic FM each week, and they’re tuning in for longer

Der türkische Pianist Fazil Say ist in Paris mit dem internationalen Säkularismus-Preis “Prix de la Laicité” ausgezeichnet worden. Die Verleihung fand am Montag im Pariser Rathaus statt

Musik Heute 

Dresdner Frauenkirche: Musikprogramm 2016 zwischen Wiederentdecken und Kennenlernen

Die Dresdner Frauenkirche lädt im kommenden Jahr zum Wiederentdecken verschollener und Kennenlernen neuer Kompositionen ein

Unos 60 expositores traen 100.000 discos este fin de semana a a la VIII Feria del disco de Madrid 

El Mundo 

El cantaor/cantautor sevillano era, en los 70, un héroe del flamenco político y un residente habitual de las comisarías. El jueves será celebrado por sus colegas


Record Label A&R: A Huge List of Opportunities for Musicians 

LondonLifestyleAward:The award goes to . Congrats on being crowned London Live Music Venue of the… 

Music Yuppy Americana focused record label considering talented artists to add to their roster  
Sonic art category nominee Christopher Fox Photo: Sally Trussler Classical Music Magazine

Sonic art category nominee Christopher Fox
Photo: Sally Trussler
Classical Music Magazine

(Written on October 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian reports on Rolf Hind’s new opera, Lost in Thought, which is inspired by the benefits of ‘mindfulness’. Also, The Times writes about ‘Mark Wigglesworth: The man trying to rescue ENO’, and Keith Harris steps down as PPL director

The Guardian

Vertical time: where mindfulness and music meet

The practice and proven benefits of ‘mindfulness’ have inspired Rolf Hind to create a new opera, Lost in Thought – perhaps the first ever to be as much a performance as a group meditation

The Times

Mark Wigglesworth: The man trying to rescue ENO

Mark Wigglesworth can be pleased that his tenure as music director at English National Opera is already going better than did his previous stab at running an opera company.

Classic FM

Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne play Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca

The legendary flautist and his wife turned the Mozart favourite into a fantastic flute duet backstage at Classic FM Live

Classical Music Magazine

Keith Harris to step down as PPL director of performer affairs

Keith Harris is to step down as PPL’s director of performer affairs at the end of 2015

International Arts Manager

San Francisco Opera appoint Shilvock as general director

Matthew Shilvock has been appointed as the new general director of San Francisco Opera(SFO), taking over from David Gockley who will retire in July next year


Musik gegen die blutigen Bilder

Mehr als Kampf und Krieg: das syrische Exilorchester spielte in Bremen vor ausverkauftem Haus. Das Konzert soll nur der Anfang sein – das Ensemble will ab jetzt regelmäßig auftreten.

neue musikzeitung

Studie vorgestellt: Musikwirtschaft ist erheblicher Wirtschaftsfaktor

Es ist ja nicht so, dass die deutsche Wirtschaft nur aus der Automobilbranche besteht. Musik spielt be fast jedem irgendwann am Tag eine gewisse Rolle.

Klassik heute

Clemens Schuldt wird neuer Chefdirigent des Münchener Kammerorchesters

Der 32-jährige gebürtige Bremer, der Alexander Liebreich nachfolgt, tritt sein Amt im Herbst 2016 an; sein Vertrag läuft vorerst bis 2019.

La Croix

A Strasbourg, Francesco Filidei fait sensation avec son premier opéra

Le jeune compositeur italien, né en 1973, atteste d’une inspiration et d’un savoir-faire incontestables en évoquant la figure du dominicain Giordano Bruno.

El Mundo

Deezer lleva la música en streaming a la Bolsa francesa

Deezer calienta los motores para salir a Bolsa. El gigante francés de streaming de música, con más de 6 millones de suscriptores, está listo para su inclusión en el índice Euronext de París para finales de 2015.


Max Richter Finishing the prep for the premiere of SLEEP on on Saturday night. Looking forward to playing the music live!

Classic FMHappy 70th birthday to ! We’re playing his wonderful music all day…

Royal Academy Music is ’s Young Artist of the Week:

News 24th HarrisKeith Harris
Photo: Richard Dawson/PA Images/Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello


‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.


Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: 

News 23rd Sep

Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph


(Written on September 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM share Lang Lang’s performance secrets, and Ronald Perelman has resigned as Carnegie Hall chairman. Also, the ENO begins its new season without an artistic director, and a ‘Mikado’ production is cancelled over racial concerns

The Guardian

Brünjes and Pollock continue to steer the ENO ship

Two temporary appointments are made permanent, but English National Opera begins its new season without an artistic director

Classic FM

Lang Lang’s 3 secrets for a calm, composed on-stage performance

We hung out with the megastar virtuoso one afternoon at the Leeds Piano Competition. He told us his performance rituals, his tips for others, and introduced us to his revolutionary new teaching tool

Classical Music Magazine

Carnegie Hall chairman steps down

Ronald Perelman has resigned as chairman of the board of trustees at New York’s Carnegie Hall

International Arts Manager

Peace Tracks brings together all-star cast of musicians

A group of top international musicians have come together to create Peace Tracks, a new album that celebrates UN International Day of Peace on 21 September


John Wilson appointed as the BBC SSO’s Associate Guest Conductor

John Wilson has been appointed as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor

Carnegie Hall to Welcome Lang Lang

Grammy Award-nominated concert pianist Lang Lang makes his first of three appearances at Carnegie Hall this season with a solo recital on Friday, October 23 at 8:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

 The New-York Times

‘Mikado’ Production Canceled Over Racial Concerns

A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” planned for New York this December was canceled after it drew criticism over how its largely non-Asian cast planned to portray the stereotyped Japanese characters and culture that are often seen as central to the work, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced on their website

Der Tagesspiegel

Im gelobten Klassikland

Fremdes Land, vertraute Klänge: In Bremen gründet der in Aleppo geborene Kontrabassist Raed Jazbeh syrisches Orchester, das “Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra”

Komponist Franz Surges stirbt nach Stromunfall

Der Komponist Franz Surges ist im Alter von 57 Jahren in einem Krankenhaus in Eschweiler an den Folgen eines Stromunfalls Ende August gestorben. Als ausgebildeter Kirchenmusiker und Organist war er vor allem pädagogisch tätig

Musik Heute

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin dementiert Jurowski-Verpflichtung

Das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) hat die Verpflichtung von Vladimir Jurowski als Chefdirigent dementiert. Es würden lediglich Gespräche mit Jurowski geführt, sagte eine Sprecherin des Orchesters am Montag auf Anfrage

Codex Flores

Schuldt Chefdirigent des Münchner Kammerorchesters

Die Musiker des Münchner Kammerorchesters haben den 32-jährigen Clemens Schuldt als Chefdirigenten zum Nachfolger von Alexander Liebreich gewählt. Er wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 seine neue Position in München antreten

France musique

Concours des jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon: un Américain rafle le premier prix

A 23 ans, l’Américain Jonathon Heyward remporte le Grand Prix de la 54ème édition du concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon

El Mundo

Los Reyes presiden hoy el estreno de la temporada del Teatro Real

La inauguración del Real se celebrará con Roberto Devereu de Donizetti, que a su vez inauguró el Teatro Real en 1850 con su obra La favorita


Classic FM: This 14-year-old boy absolutely nails the fiendish top notes of Mozart’s Queen of the Night:

Classical MusicAdrian Morris, bass trombonist with , died last night following a battle with cancer:

Sinfini MusicDoes rudeness in the concert hall (real or perceived) deserve rudeness in return?

News 22nd Sep

‘Exciting, transformational times’ … the Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London/The Guardian

(Written on September 22, 2015 )

In today’s news Richard Morrison discusses the “northern powerhouse” and HOME, the new £25 million arts centre that throws open its smart doors this weekend. Meanwhile, the ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has broken UK cinema box office records, overtaking Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (January 2015), which grossed a total of £504k. Finally, congratulations to Judith Weir who was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

The Times

HOME is a huge statement of faith in the power of culture

Even on a typically balmy May morning in Manchester — rain lashing down, pedestrians braced like Lowry’s matchstick men against a force 9 from Eccles — my spirits are elated. We hear a lot from George Osborne about a “new northern powerhouse”, but I’ve just emerged from a northern powerhouse that’s up and running.

Evening Standard

Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Simon Rattle’s return to London is the greatest news’

At only 32, the music director is shaking up the world of classical music. He tells Claire Allfree about his mentor and why London needs a new concert hall

TIME magazine

Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify

In a press event on Wednesday, streaming service Spotify made one thing clear: it’s no longer just for music.

Classical Music Magazine

Judith Weir wins Ivor Novello award

Composer Judith Weir was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

ENO’s Pirates breaks UK cinema box office records

English National Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has taken over £600k at the UK box office to date.

Mehr Geld für Sanierung des Bayreuther Opernhauses

Das bayerische Finanzministerium hat den Etat für die Sanierungsmaßnahmen am Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth noch einmal um fünf Millionen Euro auf insgesamt 27,5 Millionen Euro angehoben.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT eröffnet

Die Musikmesse Classical:NEXT ist am Mittwochabend in Rotterdam eröffnet worden. An dem Branchentreffen nehmen über 800 Fachbesucher aus über 40 Ländern teil.

Codex Flores

Musikalische Grundschule verbessert Bildungschancen

Das von der Bertelsmann Stiftung und sechs deutschen Kultusministerien geförderte Projekt Musikalische Grundschule hat seit 2005 rund 200’000 Schüler an 400 Schulen hat erreicht.

France Musique

La lutherie face à la forêt de demain

Actuellement, il y aurait près de 300 luthiers en France… Depuis quelques années on observe un regain d’intérêt pour cet artisanat, dont la matière première est le bois. Si les techniques restent fidèles aux traditions anciennes, face à l’évolution de l’exploitation de la forêt, le métier doit s’adapter.

Le Figaro

Fleur Pellerin passe à l’action sur la musique en streaming

La ministre de la Culture a confié une mission de médiation à Marc Schwartz, chargé de trouver un terrain d’entente entre les plates-formes en ligne et les créateurs.


M Magazine   full list of winners including +

Ace North  . continues its this weekend – get involved:

Grange Park Opera    cast headed to The Grange for the first time AND sitzprobe in Poole!

HOME Manchester

(Written on May 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards have been announced with nods to English National Opera and the Southbank Centre. Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the first winners of the Noted Innovation Fellowship. Also, read about the new classical music community that is growing along the East Coast of America.


English National Opera gets RPS award boost

Company currently in special funding measures wins opera and music theatre category at prestigious awards for ‘consistently outstanding work’


Google Doodle celebrates piano inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori’s 360th birthday

Italian invented hammer and keys mechanism to create loud and quiet notes

Classical Music Magazine

First winners of Noted Innovation Fellowship announced

Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the winners of the first Noted Innovation Fellowship.

RPS Music Awards winners announced

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held in The Brewery, City of London.


Groupmuse USA

In many ways, it was like any other gathering in a New York apartment on a Saturday night: hip décor, copious amounts of wine, attractive strangers making conversation… And then a string quartet busted out the first movement of Beethoven’s first string quartet.

Die Welt

Verschont uns mit Mozarts flachen Fäkal-Witzchen!

Das Berliner Konzerthaus will mehr junge Leute für klassische Musik gewinnen – und wirbt mit Slogans wie “Scheiß ins Bett dass’ kracht” für einen “Mozart-Marathon”. Warum das ein Griff ins Klo ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der griechische Renaissance-Punk

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chef. Bis zum 10. Mai stellen wir Ihnen täglich einen der Kandidaten vor. Heute: Teodor Currentzis.


Orlando Philharmonic Announced New Music Director Eric Jacobsen

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced American conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen as its new Music Director.

Deutscher Kulturrat spricht sich gegen Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit aus

Der Deutsche Kulturrat hat sich in einer Stellungnahme gegen das geplante Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit ausgesprochen.


Travel Channel’s ‘Mysteries at the Museum’ Investigates Carnegie Hall Theft of Bronisław Huberman’s Stradivarius Violin

In one of our favorite episodes yet, The Travel Channel’s docu-drama Mysteries at the Museum recently featured the archive and research room at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.


BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld: Is pop music starting to sound the same? Scientists have analysed how pop music has evolved in past 50 years 

Q Magazine ‏@QMagazine: Guest Column – Musicians don’t need to be political… but don’t discourage your fans from voting …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Musical Challenge time now on #EssentialClassics Can you work out the two pieces which are in ‘imperfect harmony’? 

ENO RPSAndrew Shore and Gwyn Hughes Jones in ENO’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

(Written on May 6, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the English National Opera announce their 2015/16 season, which sees significant reductions in ticket prices. British conductor Stuart Stratford has been appointed by Scottish Opera as the Company’s Music Director after an extensive international search. Also, a look at austerity and the arts.


Austerity and the arts: the hidden cuts that are bad for our cultural health

The main parties show commitment in their manifestos to increasing access to and diversity in the arts, yet they are ignoring the devastating effects of local cuts


Karol Szymanowski’s ‘Król Roger’: A forgotten classic set to rule again

The Royal Opera House debut next month is long overdue, says Jessica Duchen

Classical Music Magazine

ENO unveil 2015/16 season

English National Opera has revealed its 2015/16 programme, announcing significant reductions in audience ticket prices.


Song for the NHS

A British composer is calling on politicians, cultural figures and the general public to lend their voices to a new piece about the NHS in advance of the UK general election on 7 May.

Classical Source

Scottish Opera appoints Stuart Stratford as Music Director

British conductor Stuart Stratford has been appointed by Scottish Opera as the Company’s Music Director after an extensive international search.

Der Tagesspiegel

Endlos das Firmament

Er geht weder ins Aufnahme- noch ins Fotostudio. Für viele ist er der Größte: Ausnahmepianist Grigory Sokolov in der Philharmonie.

Die Welt

Ein Aufstand weißer heterosexueller Männer

Renner gegen Castorf und für Dercon. Ostermeier gegen Renner. Peymann gegen alle. Und Lilienthal für sich selbst. Ein Versuch, den derzeit tobenden Berliner Theaterzickenkrieg zu verstehen.


Rundfunkchor Berlin startet mit neuem Chefdirigenten

Gijs Leenaars, neuer Chefdirigent des Rundfunkchors Berlin, wird am 19. September seine erste Vorstellung mit dem Ensemble leiten.

Münchner OB: Konzertsaalentscheidung bis Sommer

In der Münchner Konzertsaaldebatte soll noch vor der Sommerpause eine Entscheidung fallen.


EXCLUSIVE: 2015 MATA Festival Interview Spotlight – Ann Cleare on ‘Eöl,’ Talea Ensemble and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth

Founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky in 1996, the MATA Young Composers Now! Festival strives to present emerging compositional talent sourced from across the globe.


EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O: There’s one final #ENO1516 announcement! From next season we’re reducing the price of 50% of seats, making over 60,000 tickets £20 or under

Rayfield Allied ‏@RayfieldAllied: We are looking forward to @SteveReich #ThreeTales at @sciencemuseum performed by @ensemblebpm @nickedsut + Synergy Vocals tonight.

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Can you guess the music from just looking at the score? Try our new (and very tricky) quiz: 

12498English National Opera has revealed its 2015/16 programme, announcing significant reductions in audience ticket prices. Photo: English National Opera

(Written on April 22, 2015 )

Classical News


Carmen with a twist: From toreador to city boy

Simon Stephens’ modern take on Bizet’s opera makes Carmen a man and Escamillo a hedge-funder


Nobuo Uematsu: the video game composer shaking up classical music

The Japanese musician behind the Final Fantasy themes has become a mainstay of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, rubbing shoulders with the greats. So what does our critic make of his work?

Andrew Porter obituary

Distinguished music critic and scholar who had a decisive impact on British cultural life

Classic FM

Classical music could be ‘gone in a generation’, says top conductor

Conductor Kent Nagano has suggested that classical music could be dead within a generation, citing budget cuts and lack of music education.

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Dennis Marks, 2 July 1948 ‒ 2 April 2015

Dennis Marks, former head of music for BBC Television and general director of English National Opera, has died at the age of 66. – Süddeutsche Zeitung


Expertentum statt Schwarmintelligenz: Über die Rückkehr des Tastemakers bei Musik-Streaming-Diensten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stolz im Bauch

Der Staats- und Domchor Berlin gilt als das älteste Ensemble der Stadt. Vor exakt 550 Jahren wurde die Knabentruppe gegründet. Das feiert sie mit einem Festprogramm – einer Ausstellung und großen Konzerten.

Die Welt

Was unsere Klassikszene von Frankreich lernen kann

Deutsche Opernhäuser haben Probleme. Die Semperoper etwa ist führungslos. In Berlin bleiben die Bühnen oft tagelang leer. Nun zeigt Intendant Serge Dorny in Lyon, wie spannend Oper sein könnte.


Can a man from Montreal save the Philadelphia Orchestra?

Paul Wells on Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Montreal star who has become one of classical music’s leading forces

11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes

Le 11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes aura lieu du 22 au 26 avril 2015. Le concours est ouvert aux artistes de toutes nationalités de moins de 30 ans. Une dizaine de quatuors sont attendus. Ils devront interpréter un vaste programme en partie imposé et dans lequel figure une création du compositeur Sergio Menozzi commanée pour l’occasion.

El Mundo

Onda Cero renueva su mañana con ‘Más de uno’

Comienza otra manera de contar las cosas en Onda Cero. A las 6.00 horas Carlos Alsina se enfrentaba a su primer monólogo matutino en Más de uno, el nuevo despertador de la cadena que viene a ocupar el espacio dejado por Carlos Herrera el pasado mes de marzo y que compartirá con el periodista Juan Ramón Lucas.


In Tune BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCInTune: “I needed a bodyguard” @paavo_jarvi on bringing Shostakovich to Estonia in our latest podcast …

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet#GairArGnawd RT @S4C: @WNOtweet Opera screened on S4C as part of partnership with Welsh National Opera …

carmenViktoria Vizin says she has ‘lived every moment’ as Carmen. Photo: Independent

(Written on April 8, 2015 )

Classical News


English National Opera told to put its house in order

Arts Council puts opera company under ‘special’ plan, demanding it improves business model – or it faces a funding cut


Is art best enjoyed in company?

Art might inspire silent rapture but it also teaches us how to listen and talk to each other, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

Toy Story’s Randy Newman: ‘I just don’t like directors’

Exclusive: Randy Newman, who has won two Oscars for his music for Pixar films, says the animation studio probably won’t use him again.

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore puts accessibility centre stage with 2015/16 season announcement

The Wigmore Hall launched its 2015/16 season on Tuesday with particular emphasis on widening access.

Arts Professional

ENO and firstsite gallery lose national portfolio status

“Serious concerns” about the two organisation’s sustainability over a three-year funding term have led them to be placed under alternative funding arrangements for 2015-18.

Zeit Online

“Ich schäme mich seit Jahren”

Mariss Jansons, Chefdirigent des berühmten Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks, empört sich über die ausweglose Misere der Münchener Konzertsäle.

Die Welt

Wenigstens wurde Katharina Wagner nicht verprügelt

Der Rauswurf Katharina Wagners wegen angeblicher “Niveaulosigkeit” zeigt vor allem: Das schönste Opernhaus Südamerikas ist auf den Hund gekommen.


Carl Bechstein Stiftung mit eigenem Youtube-Kanal

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung ist nun auch auf Youtube vertreten: Unter finden sich Eindrücke vom ersten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche 2014, außerdem Musikvideos von Preisträgern der Stiftung sowie fröhliche Kinder an Klavieren, die von der Carl Bechstein Stiftung Schulen kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt wurden.

Schubert und die Moderne: Preisträger stehen fest

Die Preisträger des diesjährigen Kammermusikwettbewerbs “Franz Schubert und die Moderne” der Kunstuniversität Graz stehen fest.

Musik Heute

Komponist György Kurtág erhält Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Der ungarische Komponist György Kurtág erhält den spanischen Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

The Washington Post

Spirited competition spices up this weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

One of the most engaging parts of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival comes from a surprising source: its high school jazz band competition.


Arts Council England ‏@ace_national#valentinesday tomorrow – so come on, what would your perfect arts/cultural romantic date be?

Classic FM @ClassicFM: 16 evocative sketches of opera houses from the 18th & 19th centuries: 

OAE @theoae: Great talent – photos by young professional  photographers w/ @IdeasTap and @RoyalPhilSoc: 

mariss-jansons-540x304Der Dirigent Mariss Jansons. Photo: Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

(Written on February 13, 2015 )